Mistakes to Avoid When You Paint Your House

· March 12, 2019
If you're going to paint your house yourself, try to choose quality materials. It's also essential to respect the drying times to not ruin the finishes.

Since your walls need a few coats of paint from time to time, it’s important to know how to paint them if you want to do it yourself. There are many techniques to help you get good finishes. You just have to take some guidelines into account before you paint your house.

Painting Your House

Painting can be a fun and even relaxing activity. It can help you relieve stress and even allow you to spend some quality time with your family, because everyone can help.

However, if you don’t take some guidelines into account, painting your house can become a nightmare because there’s nothing more annoying than trying to do something for yourself and getting disastrous results. In this article, we’ll tell you how to paint your house and what things you have to focus on to get good results.

Mistakes to Avoid When You Paint Your House

Some painting materials.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they paint their house.

1. Not making a list of materials

Painting your house without planning beforehand isn’t recommended because you may realize that you’re missing some tools or materials when you’re in full swing.

Here’s a standard list of what you may need:

  • Enough paint: Calculate the square feet of the walls you’re going to paint and ask what kind of paint you should buy at the hardware store.
  • The right paint rollers
  • An extension pole
  • A safe ladder or stool
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape
  • Tarps, blankets or old rags to cover floors or furniture
  • A large bucket
  • A special brush for corners
  • Floor and door paint protection (not newspaper)
  • Old clothes that you wouldn’t mind staining

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2. Using low-quality paint

Even if you see a sale or much cheaper paint, don’t buy bad quality materials. Always try to buy quality paint, as the finishes will be a lot better. If you opt for poor quality paint, you may not get the desired results.

If you’re looking to save on the amount of paint, you can opt for cheaper alternatives, such as painting one wall and installing wallpaper on another the others.

3. Using plastic or newspaper to protect your floors

If you want to protect your floors before painting your house, we don’t advise using plastic or newspaper. These materials move easily and you can step on the paint stains without realizing it and stain other areas of your house.

To protect your floors, you should ideally cover them with blankets and old rags and fix them well into the corners.

4. Not thinking of your furniture

You may just want to paint one wall, which is why you’re not concerned about covering the nearby furniture. However, you have to protect your furniture from stains, so you should cover it with plastic or blankets. Similarly, cover your windows and doors.

In short, you should protect any object and surface that may get stained. You have to keep in mind that you’re not a professional.

5. Choosing the colors that you like

A room getting painted blue.

Maybe your favorite color is red or fuchsia. However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to paint your bedroom or dining room those colors. Ideally, you should test paint colors and decide the ones that’ll best go with your decorations and furniture.

There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind. However, you have to make sure you’re sure before making your final decision!

6. Choosing white as the only option

A lot of people choose not to take risks and instead just paint their walls white. This may be a good choice if you’re not a professional, as white paint doesn’t require great finishes.

White makes the rooms of your house look luminous. However, an ocher, off-white or another pale color will give your home a personal touch.

7. Believing that painting your walls will fix them

Some people believe that a coat of paint will fix humid spots or make cracks disappear. However, this is totally false. You have to fix your walls first before painting them.

It’s advisable to give your walls a first coat of primer, even if you feel too lazy to do it.

8. Starting to paint in the middle of the wall

If this is your first time painting your house, don’t make the mistake of starting to paint in the middle. Paint always drips, so it’s best to start from the top corner and stop at the socles.

Once they dry, you can continue along the wall with up and down movements.

9. Not respecting paint drying times

Painting a white wall isn’t the same as painting it another color. Ideally, you should respect the paint drying times and not rush because, if you don’t wait long enough or run out of patience, you’ll get a bad finish.

The same thing goes for the masking tape. People usually remove it right when they finish painting and, as a consequence, pull off the paint with it accidentally. Therefore, you must remove it at least 24 hours later.

10. Painting the ceilings white

There’s a false belief that ceilings have to be white. White ceilings may make rooms look wider, but you can use another tone that goes perfectly with the walls to give your ceilings a personal and original touch.

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11. Painting every room a different color

If you have young children and ask them what color they’d like you to paint their room, they might tell you blue, green, purple, or pink. However, letting their imaginations run wild and painting every room of your house a different color are two different things.

Yes, children’s rooms can be the exception. However, it’d be best if all the rooms in your house go well together to ensure a cozy feel.

These are some of the mistakes people make when they paint their house. Pay attention to detail, respect drying times, and, above all, choose the right materials.

Feel free to share these tips with your acquaintances!